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Fishing Report June 8, 2014

This past week produced some very good fishing; however, we had to go to deep water to get creel numbers of 10 to 15 fish. 170 to 220 foot of water produced Chinook salmon pushing 20 pounds, steelhead ranging from 5 to 12 pounds, and an occasional Coho salmon. For example, on Saturday morning, we boxed 12 fish, including an 18 pound, a 14 pound, and a 12 pound Chinook salmon. The water has warmed into the low 60 degrees but is still very cold just below the surface (41 degrees 15 foot deep). As a result, the fish are scattered from 10 foot down to 50 foot down. 

 

Once again, we are using 2 and 3 color lead core, 30 foot, 75 foot, 150 foot, and 200 foot of copper line with regular size stinger lures in both the silver and gold blanks. Green and orange crush, orange crush, smash mouth, and NBK colors worked the best on these long lines. Down riggers were run at 25, 35 and 55 foot down with the same stinger combinations we used on the long lines. Slide divers with orange crush and Craig’s Christmas Stingray lures worked well with 125 foot of line out. 

 

The bait still has not set up in the 80 to 100 foot depth as we would expect this time of the year. However, we did mark some very good schools of suspended bait out in 220 to 240 foot of water. 

 

The report on the perch fishing is not very good with boats fishing from 15 foot out to 80 foot of water with very little success. Fishermen on the piers and in boats drifting down the channel are taking some very nice smallmouth bass and an occasional walleye.

 

For more information, or to book a fishing charter, contact us at 877-952-4554 for Saugatuck Fishing and 877-803-6630 or 877-952-3674 for Holland Fishing.

Fishing Report June 1, 2014

We had another very good week of fishing with creel numbers of 10 to 14 salmon and steelhead per trip. The fish were found in 150 to 200 foot of water with the best depth being 170 to 185 foot. The Chinook salmon range from 5 to 15 pounds and the steelhead are weighing in up to 14 pounds. In addition, we are taking an occasional Coho salmon; however, they are in the 2 to 5 pound range. As a rule, the steelhead are being caught in the top 20 foot of water, and the salmon are hitting from 15 to 40 foot down.

 

The steelhead are hitting orange and silver and orange and green Stinger lures on the 3 and 2 color lead core lines and on the 30, 75, and 150 foot of copper line pulled behind the planner boards and also on “add a lines” with the same stinger lures. The Chinook salmon are coming on mainly 200 and 300 foot of copper line with the NBK Stingray and Craig’s Reverse Christmas Stingray. Although not very productive, there are some salmon coming on the dipsy divers with flashers and flies run at 100 and 150 foot of line out. The downriggers (30 to 55 foot down) with stinger lures are producing some fish but they have not been real productive.

 

It is nice to see the salmon and steelhead in the deeper water, and they should start showing up in that 100 and 120 foot depth as the bait sets up just inside of that.

 

For information and/or for booking a charter for these fantastic fish, contact the Lake Shore Charter Boat Association at Big Lake Outfitters with the toll free number 877-952-4554.

 

Capt. Ron Westrate

Lake Shore Charter Boat Association

Fishing Report May 25, 2014

Excellent fishing this past week with 10 to 20 fish caught per outing being the norm. Once again, we fished the 60 to 90 foot depth with lake trout up to 15 pounds caught in the bottom 5 foot and Chinook salmon and Steelhead hitting in the top 35 foot of the water column. The water is still cold with 50 degrees on the surface and 41 degrees on the bottom in 75 foot. Sunday, some very nice Chinook salmon and steelhead were caught in 165 to 175 foot of water from Holland to south of Saugatuck. I also heard that Grand Haven charter boats found some nice steelhead out in 200 foot of water.

 

The method for fishing the 60 to 90 foot depth is to run metal flashers and spin n glo’s on the bottom for the Lake Trout and then 30 foot, 75 foot, 150 foot, 200 foot and 300 foot of copper line with magnum Stingers and Stingray lures. There are also some fish being caught on the Dipsy Divers with flashers and flies run with 150 and 100 foot of line out. The fish out in the deep water (164-200 foot of water) are hitting magnum spoons and Stingray spoons on 3 color lead core to 200 foot of copper line. Downriggers run at 30 to 55 foot down were producing some salmon on small Stinger spoons.    

 

One good point is that we are starting to find alewife (bait fish) in the stomach of the Lake Trout and in the salmon, so there must be some bait schools nearby.  The lack of alewife is a concern for the fish biologists and fisherman alike, since very little bait has been seen all spring. If the bait shows up, and it usually does in the 80 to 100 foot depth, we should hold our salmon in this depth. Time will tell; however, it looks promising. 

Fishing Report May 18, 2014

Saturday was a big change from a week ago, when we were fishing brown trout on the beach. Saturday, we started fishing in 40 to 50 foot of water and ended up in 100 to 130 foot of water. The day started with frost on the boat and air temperature in the low 30’s with a cool breeze. However, when we broke through the piers, we saw 50 to 75 boats already braving the conditions. There were two tournaments being run, and fishing conditions could be called crowded at best. After catching a couple of fish in the 40 foot depth, we decided to get away from the crowd and moved out to 60 to 70 foot of water and then out to the 100 foot+ depth. The temperature of the water on the surface was 41 degrees and on the bottom in 100 foot the temperature was 40 degrees, so the fish were scattered throughout the water column. During the day, we caught 16 fish consisting of 5 Chinook salmon, 1 steelhead, and 10 lake trout. A couple of the salmon weighed in 12 to 14 pounds and one of the lake trout pushed 14 pounds.

 

We fished from the surface with 2 and 3 color lead core line to the bottom with the downriggers (with flashers and spin n glows) to whole water column with copper line and dipsy divers. The best lures were Stingray stingers and regular size stingers on the copper and lead core lines and on the dipsy divers.

 

Although the fishing was very good (although cold), I am concerned that I saw no bait in the area; and without bait, the fish will move. There has to be bait close, since the fish are good size and healthy. As the water warms, I think the bait will begin to move in. For more information about the fishing conditions or to book a fishing charter, contact the association web site -- milakeshorecharters.com, and click Contact Us.

Fishing Report September 30, 2013

This past week, we fished in 100 to 160 foot of water with 100 foot to 110 foot producing during the early part of the week, and then, 130 to 160 foot of water at the end of the week. The creel consisted of 4 to 12 fish consisting of 2- and 3-year-old salmon and lake trout. The lake trout continued to hit on the deeper rigs, and the salmon were caught on spoons and flashers and flies from 50 foot to 80 foot down.

150 foot of copper and 300 foot of copper with nitro stingray spoons produced some salmon and some hits in the deeper water; however, the best method was dipsy divers at 150 foot with the live wire Pro Troll with the Rapture Illusion fly. As we moved out to the deeper water, we dropped the dipsy divers back to 250 and 200 foot. The lake trout continued to come on metal Gold Star flashers and Spin n Glos and the Pro Troll white blade blue wiggle flasher and the Rapture Oceana fly.

There are still a few salmon in front of the piers; however, you can probably catch as many in 100 foot and get a variety of species and age classes. For information or for a charter reservation, email me at captron@chartermichigan.com.

 

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